Northwood University to Hold Two Graduations Saturday, May 12

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Northwood University will hold two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Bennett Sports Center.
Frank Beckmann

Frank Beckmann

O. Temple Sloan III

O. Temple Sloan III

April 25, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will hold two commencement ceremonies on Saturday,May 12, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Bennett Sports Center on campus at 4000 Whiting Drive. The 10:30 a.m. ceremony is for traditional undergraduate students and the 3:00 p.m. ceremony is for students graduating from the Adult Degree Programs in Michigan. The graduates from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management will participate in both ceremonies.

A total of 744 students will graduate from Northwood’s Michigan Campus.

Frank Beckmann, the host of The Frank Beckmann Show on News/Talk WJR Radio, will give the commencement address in the morning. O. Temple Sloan III, president and CEO of General Parts International, Inc., will address the graduates in the afternoon. Both speakers will receive the doctor of laws, honoris causa.

Biographies of the Michigan Campus honorees:

Awarded in the Morning Ceremony
Frank Beckmann
Commencement Speaker
The Frank Beckmann Show, News/Talk WJR Radio, Detroit, Michigan

Frank Beckmann is the host of The Frank Beckmann Show on News/Talk WJR Radio where he runs his own weekday talk show in the heart of Detroit.

Beckmann began his broadcasting career at Cousino High School in Warren, Michigan, where he took the role of broadcasting sports on his high school’s 10-watt radio station. This was the beginning of his broadcasting experience of over 40 years.

Beckmann took his first radio job in 1969 at an AM station in Alpena working as a one-man news staff. Months later he accepted a job at WPON-AM in Pontiac where he did play-by-play for the Midwest Football League’s Pontiac Arrows. After working for WKNR-AM, WDRQ-FM and Channel 2, Beckmann joined the WJR news staff in 1972.

He has received numerous awards for his ability to capture an on-air audience, including the National Headliner Award, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Broadcast Personality/Team of the Year for five years, and in 2010 the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Ty Tyson Award. In 2004 Beckmann launched his own weekday talk show on WJR Radio while continuing his role as the voice of University of Michigan football. During his career he has been the lead announcer for many of Detroit’s top teams including the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Tigers and the University of Michigan football team. Beckmann was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Awarded in the Afternoon Ceremony
O.Temple Sloan III
Commencement Speaker
President/CEO of General Parts International, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina

O. Temple Sloan III is the president and CEO of General Parts International, Inc. (GPI), in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he owns and operates the largest privately owned auto parts supplier in the U.S. GPI owns and operates more than 3,100 CARQUEST Auto Parts stores and over 80 WORLDPAC branches in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For almost 30 years Sloan has provided GPI with his leadership and innovation which has resulted in the company’s growth. He is a former board member of CAI and WakeMed Foundation. Sloan currently serves on the board of directors for General Parts International, Inc.; Trail Creek Investments, Inc.; AWDA; Car Care Council; YMCA of the Triangle; Wells Fargo Regional Bank board; and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation.

Sloan is also a member of the National Association of Chief Executive Officers, the board of trustees of Ravenscroft School and Northwood University, former chairman of the 2011 American Heart Association Triangle Heart Walk, and a deacon at First Presbyterian Church.

Sloan is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of Wyoming. He and his wife, Joy, have two sons and three daughters.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.